No one has a better understanding of how a third party candidate can influence the outcome of an election than former Vice President Al Gore.
In an interview with Think Progress, Gore said he’ll be voting for Hillary Clinton; and he urged pro-environmental third-party supporters to do the same.
“I urge everyone else to do the same,” Gore said. “I particularly urge anyone who is concerned about the climate crisis, sees it as the kind of priority that I see it as, to look at the sharp contrast between the solar plan that Secretary Clinton has put forward, and her stated commitment to support the Clean Power Plan, and the contrast between what she has said and is proposing with the statements of the Republican nominee, which give me great concern.”
Gore specifically asked voters to consider the consequences of each candidate:
“I would also urge them to look carefully, as I know they have, at the consequences of going in another direction for the third or fourth alternative. The harsh reality is that we have two principal choices. And I am supporting Hillary Clinton. Again I respect those who analyze the situation differently, but in my experience, it matters a lot.”
In the 2000 general election, Gore lost Florida to George W. Bush by 537 votes. Exit polls revealed that more (third-party) Ralph Nader voters would have voted for Gore if Nader weren’t in the race and Gore would have won.